The End Set for Dutch Adaptation


STOCKHOLM: Eccho Rights has licensed the Turkish drama The End to Column Film, which is making a local version of the series for the Netherlands.

Filming on the ten-episode Dutch version is under way, set for a premiere this fall on KRO-NCRV. It will air under the local title Vlucht HS13 (Flight HS13), with Katja Schuurman starring in the lead role.

Eccho Rights is billing the deal as the first Turkish drama remake in Western Europe. The End was also the first Turkish drama piloted in the U.S. and was the first to air in Western Europe on Swedish pubcaster SVT. Russian World Studios will start shooting a local adaptation of The End in May, while UFA Fiction is developing a German version and Globomedia is working on a Spanish adaptation.

Chantal van der Horst, producer at Column Film, said: “The End has a solid base for adaptation. The cleverness of the scripts and the universal appeal of the story line makes the series suitable for audiences across the world, including in Western Europe.”

Nicola Söderlund, managing partner at Eccho Rights, added: “Turkish drama continues to break boundaries and it’s great that a West European version will be hitting screens later on this year. Ay Yapim have created a gripping plot that translates well across cultures, which is reflected in the number and range of licenses we have on The End.”